Algae and Grasses

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algae (ăl`jē) [plural of Lat. alga=seaweed], a large and diverse group of primarily aquatic plantlike organisms. These organisms were previously classified as a primitive subkingdom of the plant kingdom, the thallophytes thallophyte, common name for members of the Thallophyta (or Thallobionta), a taxonomic group in some archaic classification systems that comprised algae, fungi, and lichens. (1)


[…] More recently, most algae have been classified in the kingdom Protista […] or in another major group called the eukarya (or eukaryotes), which includes animals and higher plants. 

The algae have chlorophyll and can manufacture their own food through the process of photosynthesis. […] They are distributed worldwide in the sea, in freshwater, and in moist situations on land. Nearly all seaweeds are marine algae. (1)


Poaceae or Gramineae is a family in the Class Liliopsida (the monocots) of the flowering plants. Plants of this family are usually called grasses, or, to distinguish them from other graminoids, true grasses[…] (2)


the shrub- or tree-like plants in this family are called bamboo (there are also herbaceous, non-woody bamboos). (2)


There are about 600 genera and some 9,000–10,000 or more species of grasses (Kew Index of World Grass Species). […] The term “grass” is also applied (incorrectly) to many grass-like plants that are not members of the Poaceae lineage, including the rushes (Juncaceae) and sedges (Cyperaceae). (2)


This broad and general use of the word ‘grass’ has lead to plants of the Poaceae often being called “true grasses”. (2)

(1) Author unknown: Algae. In: The Free Dictionary,, access: 2009/10/14
(2) Authors’ collective: Grasses. In: Wikipedia (EN),, access: 2009/10/14